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For All Libertarians/Anarchists Everywhere!

(entitled EFF You Big Brother on The Feral Irishman blog!)

fyou“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”   –  Benjamin Franklin

“They’re All Lined Up, Like Good Little Nazis!”

Some years ago, there was a local news ‘reporter’ named Sol Q******.  Now Sol was reporting live from the Central Avenue bridge during a time when rain had made the Salt River flow through Phoenix, and the bridge had been damaged.  And it was one of the few ways people could commute from South Phoenix to Central Phoenix, and vice versa.

And the authorities had determined cars could cross the bridge in one lane-one direction – then one lane-the opposite direction.  Single file.

At least it was something!

And good ol’ Sol intoned, “They’re all lined up, like good little Nazis!”  This was about 10:15 in the 10 PM newscast; by 10:25 there was an on-the-air-apology from the station execs.

And Sol had to find work elsewhere.

Look at your Internet, cellular telephone, land line and Email providers records.  How many of them either buckled under pressure or voluntarily leapt at the chance (Google) to cooperate with government elimination of your rights?

All lined up like good little Nazis.

Witness THIS from my good friend Borepatch:

Comcast says that if you use anonymity services that you’re a criminal

Well OK, then:

Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.

The Comcast agent then repeatedly asked the customer to tell him what sites he was accessing on the Tor browser. The customer refused to answer.

The next day the customer called Comcast and spoke to another agent named Kelly who reiterated that Comcast does not want its customers using Tor. The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

Are there any ISPs that aren’t miserable Quisling bastards?

And, of course, word is out that Tor security has been compromised.  I wonder if the government is behind that?
NAH…

Stingray!

The “Gestapo” or the “Stasi” never had anything THIS good.

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I wonder if peeing on them works to stop them?  Oh, wait – that’s for jellyfish stings!

h/t Theo Spark

Judgment Day

skynetSkynet was originally activated by the military to control the national arsenal on August 12, 1997, and it began to learn at an geometric rate. On August 29, it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.  (Wikipedia – self aware)

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea.

Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion IoT devices by 2020), which would tempt anyone into becoming an IoT cheerleader, I haven’t seen a single credible-use scenario that might lure the average consumer onto the IoT bandwagon.

Honestly, it creeps me out to think about my devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my involvement, and talking about my habits — good and bad — to total strangers (advertisers, service providers, or just more machines), behind my back. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this. At all. [Bold added - SiG]

That emphasized text raises an important point.  Those of us in the technical fields have a tendency to think of something that would be cool and then do it simply because it can be done.  (remember Jurassic Park, anyone? – Guffaw) On the other hand, the vast majority of people are not technophiles like us who do things because we can.  They want to know just what they’re getting for what they spend on the interconnectedness and thanks (in my opinion) to Edward Snowden, they increasingly want to know what privacy they’re giving up to get that interconnection.  Yoshida continues:

With this in mind, I’ve started asking industry sources for credible scenarios under which IoT devices improve my life by talking to each other. Readers are welcome to chime in below. Give me your best shot. Convince me why my washing machine needs to strike up a conversation with my gas grill.  (The Silicon Graybeard)

AND, IF WHEN they do, don’t you think The G will be listening?

“See Something, SAY Something!”

Remember the phrase above, with regard to what appeared to be terrorist activity?

A number of folks have been caught – or at least their damage minimized – by taking such an action.

I, personally, found a credit card account (obviously being used to launder money) in the name of a now-infamous convicted terror suspect – when I worked @ TMCCC.  (Providing more identifiers may be a violation of government secrecy laws!)

And, of course, the whole ‘guy rats out the intelligence community for numerous privacy violations against legitimate citizens’ thing!

We should all be proud of ourselves.

But, sometimes, finking goes too far!

Welcome to the New World Order.

New York DHS will pay you $500 to rat out ‘prepper’ neighbors buying legal goods

So…what is the difference between being vigilant with regard to ‘suspicious’ behavior, and being nosy with regard to those folks who simply want to prepare for a downfall in civilization?  A zombie apocalypse?  An earthquake or hurricane – which the same government has been advising us to prep for such events for years?

Inquiring minds want to know.   NO, I really don’t care.  I’m tired of the government sticking it’s collective nose into MY business.

Emphasis on the word collective.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars

Deutschland Uber Alles, Y’all

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

July 16, 2014 by

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

THINKSTOCK

This story by Jon Cassidy originally appeared at Watchdog.org.

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.

h/t Facebook, personalliberty.com

 

“Project”.  What a benign word describing such activity.

Akin to the NSA “project”, listening to every telephone call, both foreign and domestic, land-line and cellular.

I believed once-upon-a-time that agents of government may have done their jobs as ordered, but at least they had taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.  Between these kind of actions, and legislators taking a similar oath and then passing blatantly unconstitutional laws, that perjuring oneself during one’s oath is simply pro-forma for government service.

Because all government is backed by some kind of force.

And all these intrusions at all levels of government need to stop.

NOW.

AND, be reversed!

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Do They Have A Fourth-Of-July In England?

Of course they do, you nit, it’s just not INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Here, we celebrate our freedom from government-imposed tyranny!

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courtesy of Theo Spark

…or perhaps not.

(In addition to the constant video and audio surveillance, warrantless searches, police overreaching, Internet spying, illegal detentions, eminent domain theft, inability to defend ourselves, welfare statism, forced unionization, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.)

REGARDLESS, HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I plan to read the Declaration of Independence aloud today, in it’s entirety, before doing so is also banned! – Guffaw

Sometimes, Justice Prevails!

(Courtesy of Irish)

Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout

 As long as you don’t interfere with them doing their job it should be legal. Videotaping would
help keep everyone in line.

A local New Hampshire police department agreed Thursday to pay a woman who was arrested and charged with wiretapping $57,000 to settle her civil rights lawsuit. The deal comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the public has a “First Amendment” right to film cops.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights. The department, without admitting wrongdoing, settled Thursday in a move that the woman’s attorney speculated would deter future police “retaliation.”

MORE HERE

There is that part mentioned without admitting wrongdoing which does disturb me, however…

The Greatness of Presidents

How DOES one measure a President’s greatness?  Can we really compare John Adams to Millard Fillmore?  Is it holding to the Constitutional base?  Preserving the Union through extra-legal means?  Being a good guy?

I remember as a kid being taught Washington was great because he was offered kingship and declined.  And he was a great general who never told a lie.  Of course, he wasn’t so great during the French and Indian War, and the whole Whiskey Rebellion thing.

Jefferson.  One of my heroes.  Governmental minimalist.  Except, he too, took the reins and expanded governmental power.  And, he was a nasty slave owner, like Washington.  Of course, he did draft the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage for eventual emancipation of the slaves.

Lincoln.  Preserved the Union!  Through extra-legal means like suspending Habeus Corpus.  Massacred Indians.  Freed slaves in States over which he had no control.

Theodore Roosevelt.  Rough Rider.  Trust Buster.  Progressive.  Racist.

Franklin Roosevelt, his second cousin.  Kept us in the Great Depression much longer than the rest of the World.  Another Progressive.  Locked up the Nisei.  Military tribunals for combatants and civilians.  Was elected FOUR times!

JFK.  Didn’t duck.  Daddy bought him the White House by dealing with Sam Giancana.  Had style.  Charisma.

Reagan.  Likable.  Snowed the Soviets into disbanding and taking down the wall.  High taxes.  Central American underground war stuff.

G.W. Bush.  Also likeable.  Kept us ‘safe’ after 911 with the War in Afghanistan and The PATRIOT Act.

You notice certain names are conspicuous by their absence…?

So what do YOU think?

Am I PARANOID, Or WHAT?

My lovely sister sent out a group email recently, touting an interview she saw with a medical doctor.  In the interview, he lauds the growth of cellular telephone technology as it relates to medicine.

Some pretty remarkable stuff, too!  The interview is a few minutes.  Watch:

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However two things occurred to me.  One.  THIS is the sawbones that got the ball rolling on the VIOXX ban – a medication which was working well for me, but was banned by the government three weeks after it was prescribed for me!

Two.  Many of the methods he uses with his IPhone sound WONDERFUL!  Resulting in less expensive, more correct diagnoses, better, closer doctor/patient relationships.

So, what’s my problem?

WHO has been wholesale hacking cell phones and their data?

There seems to be a big push to make mental health medical records available with regard to government ‘permission’ to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights.  Do you really trust the same government who has been surveilling you, your cell phone habits, your computer use, your telephone calls, Email and snail mail etc., to have access to your private medical records – now made more efficient via new technology – and either share it illegally OR perhaps alter it enough to magically change you into a prohibited possessor?

From the same folks who determined if you are a veteran, and your wife does the finances you are incompetent and must give up gun ownership…

Seriously?

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